California is a prime retirement destination for active adults who crave sunny skies and scenic beauty. The Golden State has some expensive areas, but there are also several resort-style communities which offer affordable homes in a variety of styles and sizes. Here are 10 communities where you can find homes for less than $300,000.
Terra Lago - Indio, CA Open to all ages, Terra Lago has plenty of amenities to support an active adult lifestyle. The community is set in the popular Coachella Valley and has a 20-acre lake with small boat access. A 10,000 square-foot clubhouse contains a fitness center, hobby and game rooms, and a restaurant. Highlights of the grounds include 36 holes of golf, swimming pools and a playground for grandkids.
Four Seasons at Hemet - Hemet, CA In Southern California's Inland Empire area, Four Seasons at Hemet welcomes active adults with resort-style amenities and spectacular views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Highlights include an 18-hole golf course, a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse and an exciting line-up of outdoor recreations. Single-family homes fit many homebuyers with floor plans ranging from 1,400 to nearly 2,800 square feet.
Heritage Palms - Indio, CA Set in the popular Palm Springs area, Heritage Palms is a guard gated golf community which appeals to many active adults with just over 1,000 homes, including single-family and attached home designs. The fabulous amenities feature a fitness center, swimming pool, 18-hole golf course, hobby and game rooms, on-site restaurant, and more.
Laguna Woods Village - Laguna Woods, CA With over 12,000 homes, Laguna Woods Village is the West Coast's largest age-restricted community. The community was constructed between 1963 and 1986, leading to homes in a wide variety of styles and sizes. Resort-style amenities include 36 holes of golf, seven clubhouses, five swimming pools, hobby and game rooms, and an equestrian center.
Sun City Apple Valley - Apple Valley, CA Active adults in the Inland Empire area can find affordable homes at Sun City Apple Valley. This beautiful development currently offers both resale and new construction single-family homes sized from 1,099 to 2,230 square feet. Resort-style amenities are spread across two spacious clubhouses, while outdoor recreations include 27 holes of golf, tennis courts, swimming pools, and more.
Trilogy at Rio Vista - Rio Vista, CA Featuring two clubhouses and an 18-hole championship golf course, Trilogy at Rio Vista is a gated community in Northern California's San Francisco Bay Area. The community includes affordable homes, swimming pools, tennis courts and much more. There is an on-site restaurant, as well as shops and restaurants in the larger Rio Vista community.
Villa Portofino - Palm Desert, CA Active adults who prefer a more intimate neighborhood may find their dream home at Villa Portofino. This 460-home community offers attached villas, beautiful grounds and an amenity-rich clubhouse. Popular recreations include a 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a 100-seat movie theater.
Rossmoor - Walnut Creek, CA Located in Walnut Creek, Rossmoor offers active adults aged 55 and better diverse homes and an exciting line-up of social and recreational amenities. A long construction period, lasting over 30 years, has led to a wide variety of homes including many affordable options. The impressive amenities include five clubhouses, 27 holes of golf, and an outpatient medical center.
Solera at Oak Valley Greens - Beaumont, CA Set at an elevation of 2,600 feet, Solera at Oak Valley Greens enjoys cooler summers and spectacular mountain views. The community is smaller than other Del Webb developments with just 1,290 single-family homes. Yet it also features resort-style amenities including an 18-hole golf course, an 18,000 square-foot clubhouse, tennis courts, and an outdoor swimming pool.
Sun Lakes Country Club - Banning, CA Built from 1987 to 2003, Sun Lakes Country Club offers 3,300 homes, 36 holes of golf and three beautiful clubhouses. Residents can stay in shape with two fitness centers, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a variety of sports courts. Clubhouses also contain hobby and game rooms, the Sun Lakes Restaurant, and the Sandwedge Grill.